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Introducing Your New Student Senate

Metropolitan State University has a new Student Senate to represent the university’s students in the upcoming 2018–2019 school year. Elections were held in April and May, and the results ratified May 18.

Student Senators returning for another term are President Tina Martinez, Treasurer Jessica Maistrovich, Public Relations Director Richard Ketelsen, Engagement Coordinator Andres Boland, and Juan Gomez.

Newly-elected Student Senators are Vice President Leonel Mejia, Secretary Hamisha Alkamooneh, Angelica Yang, Bee Thao, Graciela Johanna Duran, Lauro Clara-Flores, Nyphen Sanders, Rianna Engel, and Shushan Woldu.

April 13: Deadline to nominate for Student Senate positions

Student Life and Leadership Development and the Student Senate Election Board are excited to announce that nominations for 2018-2019 Student Senator positions are open from March 28 and and close 11:59 p.m. April 13.
Ballots may be submitted from April 20 through April 30. Barbecue will be provide for in-person balloting on April 24 at Metropolitan State’s Saint Paul Campus and April 26 at the Midway Campus. More details to come.
There are a total of 20 open seats for the term of June 1, 2018-May 31, 2019. To access the nomination form, go to: https://orgsync.com/43185/forms/299228

Submit your mascot inspiration

Metro State TotsA student task force is soliciting ideas for a Metropolitan State mascot.

The university community is asked to complete an online survey at orgsync.com/43143/forms/295679. The deadline is Jan. 31 and five finalists will be put to a vote in the spring.

The task force meets publicly 5 to 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month in Student Center 201. Contact Jessica Maistrovich, Student Senate treasurer and task force chair, via e-mail df3618jc@metrostate.edu for more information,

OnCare telemedicine portal provided free for students

Metropolitan State University is excited to provide Healthcare and Wellness Services to its students.

What is Healthcare and Wellness Services?

All enrolled students have access to a free telemedicine portal called, OnCare. OnCare serves as a virtual doctor visit and is brought to students in part by Fairview Healthcare Services.
All enrolled students pay a fee of $2.50 per credit, approved by the Metropolitan State University Student Senate in 2014, for Healthcare and Wellness Services, Additionally, health and wellness initiatives are available to students throughout the year including flu vaccination clinics and wellness fairs.

What is OnCare?

OnCare enables students to access online healthcare in minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. Access the OnCare service using a smartphone or computer.
Quick care is available for a number of conditions including:
•    Colds, flu, strep throat
•    Allergies
•    Ear aches
•    Whooping cough (pertussis) exposure
•    Pink eye (conjunctivitis)

How does OnCare work?

•    Register at https://www.oncare.org/ with your Metropolitan State e-mail and Star ID
•    Answer questions regarding the client’s symptoms
•    When a Fairview clinician has a diagnosis, the client will receive an e-mail to their account
•    Log back into OnCare for a treatment plan and prescriptions
•    If a strep test is necessary, the client will need to enter the promo code MSUTICKET to access the ZipTicket on the OnCare website
•    Either print or take a snapshot of the ZipTicket and take it to one of the designated Fairview clinic locations (found at metrostate.edu/healthcare)
•    If other treatment is needed, students will be responsible for payment through their insurance or out of pocket

Other things to look for:

•    New webpage with many more resources and health and wellness information
•    Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HealthcareandWellnessServices/
•    We are looking for new members for the Health and Wellness Student Association. Contact Healthcare Services for more information!
For questions or further information, e-mail healthcare.services@metrostate.edu, call the Coordinator of Healthcare and Wellness Services, Jodee Fitzgerald at 651-793-1552, or stop by Founders Hall 240D.

Sept. 22: Saint Paul Mayoral Candidate Forum

At Metropolitan State University, we believe it important to facilitate a campus climate of civic engagement and that our students become aware of what happens in their community.

The university prides itself on serving one of the most diverse student populations in the state of Minnesota, and student organizers are delighted to host this vital forum for our community. In advance of the Nov. 7 general election, Metropolitan State will host a mayoral candidates forum, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, in the Great Hall of New Main, Saint Paul Campus, 700 E. 7th Street.

Candidates confirmed to attend are:

The candidates are seeking the office that will be vacated by Mayor Chris Coleman, who has announced that he will not seek a fourth mayoral term and instead will run for Minnesota governor.

Matt Filner, associate professor of political science, will moderate. While the topics for discussion will vary, the event theme will emphasize higher education. Audience participants will be able to submit questions for the candidates. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the mayoral candidates and inquire where they stand on issues that matter to you and your community.

The forum is free and open to the public. The university invites its community partners and neighbors in Dayton’s Bluff and Saint Paul’s East Side to attend. On-site ramp parking will be available at no cost. Contact the Metropolitan State University Student Senate at 651.793.1554 or student.senate@metrostate.edu for more information.

According to Student Senate President Dhibo Hussein, “As a student government organization, we recognize that every voice matters and that collectively our voices can have a profound impact. We also value the importance of making informed decisions, which is why we would like to equip our Metropolitan State University community with direct access to candidates to help aid in their decision making.”


19th Annual President’s Leadership Awards

The 19th Annual President’s Leadership Awards presentation recognizes the student organizations and leaders that have made great effort to bring quality programming and events to Metropolitan State University.

The event for the university community was hosted by Interim Director of Student Development and Programming Philip Fuehrer and Student Life Leadership Development Coordinator Alysia Lajune on May 24 in Metropolitan State University’s Great Hall, New Main, Saint Paul Campus.

In a welcome address, President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur talked about the importance of an event such as this that highlights the hard work of outstanding individuals. She was especially honored to carry on the tradition passed on to her by her predecessors.

Dean of Students Herbert King echoed Arthur’s message honoring the members of the university community who lead by impressive example.

Student Senate President Dhibo Hussein mentioned some of the accomplishments of the senate in the past year, saying she was particularly proud of the Student Senate’s achievement to getting the Dean’s List added to Metropolitan State University. This award will be put into effect fall 2017.

The list of award winners is as follows:

  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor: Linda Martinez
  • Program of the Year: Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (Alcohol and Drug Counseling Student Association)
  • Perseverance Award: Richard Downs, Jr.
  • SLLD Wow Factor Awards: Troy Mathias
  • Male Student Leader of the Year: Guyo Kotile
  • Female Student Leader of the Year: Tina Martinez
  • Student Organization of the Year: Nursing Student Organization




New Student Senate looks toward the future

Spring semester was the last time we saw the student senate members that Metropolitan State has known for years. These members, along with the rest of the senate, can authorize the use of university funds for student-led organizations and even wield clout in some decisions made by the university.

The new parking ramp, student center and science education center at the Saint Paul Campus are just a few things the senate helped bring to life, in addition to many more achievements under their belts.

Although many of the senate members have now graduated and are moving on, Metropolitan State will not forget the time and effort they spent making tough decisions. The university community thanks those who are leaving, and those still remaining, for their work.

Leaving this year are President Matt Rubel, Vice President Brian Wermerskirchen, Treasurer Rico Lopez, Fatima Ali, Jonathan Carver, Jenny Chhoun, Sarah Leistico, Sabat Omer and Bukola Oriola.

Also acknowledged are these remaining students in the Student Senate for their continued service: Secretary Burak Tekin, Samira Adam, Francis Kuteesa, Amber Hamm, Linna Ahmado, John Patterson and Grace Alexander.

The final meeting for the roster took place on May 20 and could be seen as a changing of the guard with both old and new senators attending. This was the outgoing members’ final hurrah before their seats end in two weeks, and one of few opportunities for them to show the newcomers the ropes.

“Right now, the outgoing senators want to make sure the incoming senators know enough about the process,” said incoming Vice President Burak Tekin regarding the transition. Tekin will also help mentor the new members, to ensure this information is carried over. Tekin was somber, yet positive at the transition.

“It was bittersweet seeing the senators leave because some of them have great leadership skills that will definitely be missed, and we will feel a hole for a while,” Tekin said. “But it’s also good when people leave so new people can come in and new ideas can come in, so I see this as a turning point.”

The senate executive board has also changed, with current Secretary Tekin succeeding Adam Wermerskirchen as vice president and Samira Adam succeeding Rico Lopez as treasurer. The new student senate president is Dhibo Hussein, with Heather Moenck as the new public relations director and Nichole Schooley as the new engagement coordinator.

The president, along with nearly three-quarters of the delegate body, is new. Asked about what current issues they intend to tackle, Sen. John Patterson said community engagement is key.

“One thing that is really important is reaching out to the community, making sure we build those ties and listen to the community and their concerns with Metropolitan State and make sure they’re not disconnected.” Patterson also said the Senate is currently examining the payment strategy for the new parking ramp.

Even in their last meeting, the members of the student senate were seen hard at work. They delegated funding approval for student organizations and congratulated each other for a job well done. The university wishes them luck in their future endeavors.

To learn more, visit the Student Senate OrgSync page.


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James LaMotte is a CWA Intern. He is a senior in the Professional Writing program at Metropolitan State University and anticipates graduation in December 2016. His interests are in literature, video games, and dog training.

Art Purchase Awards Recipients

The Art Exhibition Committee announces the 2016 Art Purchase Awards recipients. The awards strive to promote growth and encouragement of the university’s studio artists. Each year, students and alumni are allowed to submit up to six pieces. Each award winner receives $1,000 and their artwork displayed throughout Metropolitan State’s campus.

The Student Senate purchase recipient is recent graduate Barbara Cobb. Cobb’s work is a mixed media textile, entitled Sunday on the North Shore.

The Academic Affairs and the Alumni Association purchase recipient was awarded to alumnae Susan Solomon. Solomon’s work is a gouache painting on panel, entitled Runway.

Also included was a special purchase by the Library and Learning Center’s Endowment Fund. This award considered the artwork of studio arts faculty members, in addition to students and alumni. The recipient was Alonso Sierralta, community faculty. His piece is an abstract mixed media sculpture, entitled SamothraceSamothrace has been placed on the first floor of the Library and Learning Center. The placement of the other works are yet to be established.


May 17: Listening Session on Transit Access and Equity

Hundreds of Metropolitan State students, faculty and staff rely on public transportation, as do many of our East Side neighbors. Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, in partnership with Student Senate and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, is bringing everyone together to identify transit-related issues and inform a strategy for improvements on the East Side of Saint Paul.

Be a part of the conversation and attend the Listening Session on Transit Access and Equity at 5–6 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, Student Center Room 101, Saint Paul Campus.

For more information, contact Dezmond Juan, lead community organizer, Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, at dezmond@daytonsbluff.org.